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Dipen J. Parekh Named Chief Clinical Officer

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Dipen Parekh, M.D.

Dipen Parekh, M.D.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (September 1, 2017)—Dipen J. Parekh, chair of the Department of Urology and director of robotic surgery, has been named chief clinical officer of the University of Miami Health System.

“Dr. Parekh is one of the world’s most experienced and innovative surgeons in robotic-assisted urologic oncology, and the perfect person to continue the critically important process of building and enhancing our medical practice,” Edward Abraham, acting executive vice president for health affairs and CEO of UHealth, said in his announcement last week.

As Abraham, who is also dean and chief academic officer of the Miller School of Medicine, noted, Parekh brought the da Vinci Xi robotic surgical system to UHealth, leading it to the spectacular milestone this month of the 5,000th da Vinci procedure performed at University of Miami Hospital. Among the benefits of these procedures, Abraham said, are greater precision, smaller incisions, shorter recovery times, and improved patient outcomes.

Since joining the Miller School in 2012, Parekh, who holds the Victor A. Politano Endowed Chair in Urology and is a member of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, has restructured the clinical, operational, and financial management of the Department of Urology, significantly increasing patient access to urology services while enhancing patient satisfaction.

His internationally acclaimed research is advancing treatment on many fronts, and he has shared those advances with surgeons around the world.

As chief clinical officer, Parekh will be in charge of all UHealth outpatient and inpatient services, and will work closely with all the chairs and clinical faculty to enhance the clinical enterprise.

His appointment, Abraham said, will give Thinh Tran, M.D., UHealth’s chief operations officer, more time to focus on the health system’s extensive operational issues.

“Working together, and with all of us, Dr. Parekh and Dr. Tran will accelerate our transformation to the health system we need to be in today’s rapidly changing environment,” Abraham said.

 

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Carl Schulman Appointed Executive Dean of Research at the Miller School

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Carl Schulman

Carl Schulman

Carl Schulman, professor of surgery, Eunice Bernhard Endowed Chair in Burns, and director of the William Lehman Injury Research Center, has been appointed executive dean for research, Miller School Dean and Chief Academic Officer Edward Abraham announced last week.

In making the announcement, Abraham expressed his deep appreciation for Dushyantha Jayaweera, M.D., senior associate dean for research who had served in that role, for his multiple contributions to the Miller School’s research enterprise, and for taking on the additional responsibilities. He will continue to be an integral part of the research leadership as senior associate dean for research.

In his announcement, Abraham said:

Dr. Schulman has a long and distinguished history of service to the Miller School and the community. He earned his medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine and completed training in general surgery and received additional training in trauma and surgical critical care at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

He also received a Master of Science in Public Health and Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Schulman has been involved in undergraduate and graduate medical education, and is currently the associate program director for the general surgery residency program. He has mentored many surgical residents and graduate students in his clinical laboratory, including serving in advisory roles for their MPH and Ph.D. thesis and dissertation work. He is the director of a federally funded international telemedicine program and leads the medical content creation team for the Defense Health Agency.

With research interests focusing on the epidemiology of burns and trauma, Dr. Schulman has been awarded grants from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Department of Defense and the CDC, among others. He has authored more than 140 peer-reviewed publications and is a reviewer for numerous journals. He is currently the principal investigator for the BMW Crash Research Program at the University of Miami. Dr. Schulman was recently elected to the Burn Science Advisory Panel of the American Burn Association (ABA). This panel oversees all ABA-affiliated clinical trials, guiding and supporting all aspects of the clinical research enterprise. He is the principal investigator on a DOD-funded Phase 1 and 2 human clinical trial, which is the first trial to look at the use of allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells in the treatment of deep second-degree burns.

Dr. Schulman has served on numerous University of Miami faculty and search committees, and was one of the inaugural recipients of the Miller School’s Citizenship Award. He was elected by the faculty and served as first vice speaker of the Medical School Faculty Council from 2008-2013 and then as speaker from 2013 to the present. He is also a member of Iron Arrow, the highest honor attained at the University of Miami.

 

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Picking Florida’s Federal Judges

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Georgina Angones

Georgina Angones

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (July 14, 2017)—Florida’s two U.S. senators, Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, have reappointed Miami Law’s Georgina A. Angones, assistant dean for law development and alumni relations, to the federal Judicial Nominating Commission for the Southern District of Florida.

University of Miami Trustee Manny Kadre, a businessman and lawyer who has served on the commission in the past, was also appointed to the commission, as its chair.

As JNC members, Angones and Kadre will help review applications, interview candidates, and recommend up to three nominees to fill each vacancy on the federal bench in the Southern District of Florida. Encompassing nine counties from Monroe to Indian River, the Southern District currently has four vacancies, which the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts considers emergencies because of the district’s heavy caseload.

“There is a shortage of judges so we’re going to be very busy,” said Angones, who earned her bachelor’s degree at UM in 1972 and has served in a number of capacities at the University since 1973.

That decision will ultimately rest with President Donald Trump, but Nelson and Rubio will have a say, too. Each of Florida’s three JNCs submit their recommendations to the senators, who can decide which names, if any, to forward to the White House for the president’s consideration.

Another UM alumnus, Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera, B.B.A. ’96, has a major role in the judicial nominating process. In May, Rubio appointed him statewide chair of the commission, which in addition to the Southern District, oversees the nominating processes in Florida’s Middle and Northern federal court districts.

Angones, an active civic leader who is past chair of the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews, has served on the boards of the Miami Dade Public Library, The Archdiocese of Miami Vision 2000, Miami Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees and the Junior League of Miami.

Kadre, the chief executive officer of MBB Auto Group, earned his law degree from Fordham Law School and was one of U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno’s earliest law clerks. A 1978 graduate of Miami Law, Moreno was president of the Student Bar Association during his time at UM.

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Andy Gomez Named Interim Director of ICCAS

Andy Gomez

Andy Gomez

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (July 13, 2017)–Former Assistant Provost Andy Gomez, a respected community leader and founding member of UM’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (ICCAS), has been appointed interim director of ICCAS, effective August 15.

Gomez, an expert on human values and attitudes in post-Castro Cuba who received the President’s Medal when he retired in 2012, continues to be a much sought-after media expert on Cuba and Cuban-American relations.

“I’m humbled to be named interim director of such an important institute and will work tirelessly to continue the University’s focus on Cuban and Cuban-American studies and research,” Gomez said.

Gomez replaces Jaime Suchlicki, ICCAS’s longtime director, who is leaving the university August 15 after 50 years of service to UM. In searching for Suchlicki’s replacement, the University will look for an accomplished scholar in Cuban and Cuban-American studies who can continue the research and partnerships Suchlicki began at Casa Bacardi, ICCAS’s home since 2003.

“The University thanks Jaime Suchlicki for his extraordinary service to the University and the Miami community,” UM President Julio Frenk said. “He has dedicated his career to the study of Cuba and has shared his wealth of expertise with generations of students, scholars and members of our community.”

Casa Bacardi plays a significant role in promoting greater understanding of contemporary Cuban issues and serves as a gathering place for the Cuban-American community, which will provide valuable input on the search.

During his previous tenure at UM, Gomez served as a special assistant for international affairs and as the University’s liaison between the international business and diplomatic communities. He served as assistant provost for planning, institutional research and assessment from 2005 to 2012, and dean of the School of International Studies from 2001 to 2004. He taught courses on Cuba, the Cuban Revolution, and Cuba after Castro, and focused his research on the ideological and psychological reconstruction of human values and attitudes in a post-Castro Cuba.

Named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in South Florida by Latino Leaders, Gomez also served as a nonresident senior fellow in the foreign policy program (Cuba) at the Brookings Institution from 2008 to 2010.

He received a doctorate of education in administration, planning and social policy and a master’s in education from Harvard University; a master’s in public administration from Florida International University; and his B.A. in international studies from UM. In addition, he holds certificates in management and leadership from Harvard’s School of Education and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

 

 

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Cindy Munro Appointed Dean of School of Nursing and Health Studies

CINDY MUNRO

Cindy Munro

The University of Miami has appointed inventor and nursing leader Cindy Munro as the new dean of  its School of Nursing and Health Studies.

By UM News

Cindy Munro, an accomplished health care researcher and a leader in the field of nursing, has been named the new dean of the University of Miami’s School of Nursing and Health Studies.

Munro is currently associate dean of research and innovation at the University of South Florida College of Nursing. Prior to joining USF in 2011, she was the Nursing Alumni Endowed Professor in the School of Nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University.

“Nurses are frontline partners in offering the highest quality of patient-centered integrated health care,” said UM President Julio Frenk. “Dr. Munro’s extensive experience and commitment to innovation and invention aligns with the mission of SONHS to share health knowledge and provide service focused on patient safety to our community and communities across the globe.”

Munro’s appointment was announced by President Frenk and Jeffrey Duerk, UM’s executive vice president and provost, who joined UM earlier this month.

“I am immensely impressed with Dr. Munro’s qualifications and her research in health care,” said Duerk. “I look forward to working with her as she builds upon the School’s global reputation for providing a first-class nursing education.”

Munro, who in February received the 2017 Leadership in Research Award by the Southern Nursing Research Society, focuses her research on the relationship between oral health and the prevention of systemic disease. Her work has been supported by more than $8 million in funding, and she recently received a grant of nearly $2 million from the National Institute of Nursing Research to conduct studies on the prevention of delirium in critically ill adults. She holds three patents, including an international patent for a vaccine to prevent streptococcal endocarditis.

Munro’s work has helped change clinical practice and reduce health care costs by addressing hospital-acquired infections.

“I have always admired the focused research and expertise of the faculty at the School of Nursing and Health Studies,” Munro said. “I look forward to joining the team and building on the School’s success and educating the next generation of leaders in nursing care and in health studies.”

She will begin her new role on August 15.

Munro received her Ph.D. in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Post Master’s Adult Nurse Practitioner degree, also from VCU. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in Medical Surgical Nursing from the University of Delaware. She is a licensed registered nurse in Florida and Virginia and is a board-certified adult nurse practitioner.

Co-editor in chief of the American Journal of Critical Care, Munro has published numerous articles and has been recognized for her writing with the Apex Award for Publication Excellence in Editorial and Advocacy Writing in 2016 and the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors 2016 Best Commentary Silver Award.

Munro is a member of the USF Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors and is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

 

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